With every new press release I receive about a nonsense novelty café, I cling on even tighter to the trusted authentic old faithfuls that remind me of the London I know and love. These are the places that have been serving up consistently good food at reasonable prices because they opened before you had to be a billionaire or a pop-up maestro to rent a property in central London. But as rent prices continue to rocket and new shiny buildings spring up, more and more wonderful London gems are becoming extinct.
And so it is with great sadness that I bring you the news that another London institution is to shut down this summer – Food for Thought on Neal Street will be closing on June 21. They have been dishing up delicious vegetarian grub since they opened in 1974. I for one have been going there since I was a kid and if the reaction to the news from my friends and colleagues is anything to go by, I am not the only one who will be mourning the closure of this Covent Garden staple.
The food was great, portions were huge, the vibe was chilled, staff were friendly and there were massive queues to eat in and take away. It wasn’t always easy to find a seat but if you got the little cubby nook at the back, you were winning at life. Yes, it was vegetarian but I doubt anyone in there missed the meat. I know it was well-loved by some of my most carnivorous pals. The quiche was always drool-worthy and don’t even get me started on their ‘scrunch’ dessert (pictured below).
And this sad news during #meatfreeweek as well! I give up. As far as we know, they’re not reopening elsewhere but we’ll pass on any updates.
Until then, we’ll see you in the queue.
By Sonya Barber